“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” vss. 1-2
According to John, before his death Jesus prepared his disciples for his leaving by assuring them that he was just going away to prepare a place for them in his Father’s house. His words, while mysterious, proved to be of immense comfort to them in their sadness, and so they have continued to be for his followers in every time and place. We love to hear that death is not the end, and that in the new life each person will be welcomed into the presence of Jesus. It’s the same promise spoken of by the psalmist when he wrote, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” As our lives here on earth gradually diminish and we become conscious that one day all those relationships we hold dear will come to an end, it is a blessing to know that Jesus is waiting for us, and that we and our loved ones will rest in peace. We can’t comprehend now what that blessed rest will be like–it will remain a mystery until we enter it. But to know that it is waiting can bring us amazing assurance when death finally does draw near.
Thought for the Day: What brings me comfort in the presence of death?